Bangles, Bangles, Bangles

Posted by sailaja on Jan 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

Keeping with Indian tradition, today I joyfully made my way to Charminar in Hyderabad to partake in some intense bangle buying.

Now for those of you who don’t know, its pretty much a hardcore tradition for Ladies in India to always have on glass bangles. These, through the course of time will break and then you buy new once. You also buy ones for fancy dresses and other such occassions.On Sunday I scouted out locations with the Joshi Clan and returned today to buy the Bridesmaid’s their bangles as well as some for me and Sri.

As luck would have it, this turned into a hardcore adventure.

First you have to try on bangles, then I have to figure out everyone sizes and NO ONE will have 7 of the same exact color, which made it really hard for me to get my lovely ladies the same exact thing. After making several purchases and whipping out my unbeknown Hindi Skills, I returned to Chikkadapalli with armsfull of bags carrying tons of bangles.

Turns out I’m still short and will be returning tomorrow.

The moral of this story?

Never let someone with a short attention span into a shop full of shinny things.


The Whole Nine Yards

Posted by sailaja on Jan 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

Being in India I have learned many things.

One, always look both ways before crossing the street.

Two, the Bride always gets what she wants.

And three, there are many different ways to wear a Sari.

For the wedding ceremony there are going to be three costume changes, the first of which involves a Nine Yard Sari wrapped in such a way that there is a pocket and pants. Now, in order to ensure that on May 3rd my nine yard sari would look JUUUUUUST right, we decided to have a test run.

Cut to me surrounded by Neel’s mom and grandma’ tying me up in a nine yard sari. The site was pretty amazing as Auntie tried to remember how exactly a nine yard Sari went while Neel’s Grandma (Amma) informed her in Marathi about, something. Since I don’t speak Marathi, I’m not sure what was said, but it was probably “Dude, she looks crazy in this outfit.”

Once we had the Sari on me, I realized that Marathi women had it right! This thing was easy to wear (once you figure out how to get it on) and it had a pocket for my Burt’s Bees! I personally was really excited. It did however take a solid 30 minutes to put on-so at the end of the day we decided we’d go for one that was pre-stitched so that I could just pull it on the day of the marriage.

Since I don’t have my connection cable with me, I can’t upload the pictures for the Nine Yard Sari event. Be assured though that on my wedding day I’m going to rock those pants and pocket along with Naath.

For more on a Naath, keep tuning into the Neelaja Blog.


Obama Inauguration Mix

Posted by neel on Jan 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

OK, I know I should have been updating this blog with other things, but I am so excited about the inauguration, that I have to share this mix I made in honor of our next president, Barack Obama!

The Obama Mix: Black President

1) If I Were President - The Pharcyde

2) Rockin’ Funky Watergate - Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s

3) Head Of State - The Coup

4) Mercy, Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye

5) Fear Of A Black Planet - Public Enemy

6) Chocolate City - Parliament

7) Eric B. Is President - Eric B. and Rakim

8) Black Man - Stevie Wonder

9) You Can Make It If You Try - Sly and the Family Stone

10) Southside Funk - Soul Seven

11) Dream Team - Spearhead

12) Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud) - James Brown

Ummm… So I don’t know how you get these songs if you don’t have them, but rock the ones you got, or if you feel really inspired, you could acquire them yourself! 



The Perfect Dress

Posted by sailaja on Jan 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

The truth of the matter is, after you have the perfect man-what more do you need?

The Perfect Dress of course! The search for the perfect dress start with a color, I of course poured over my Asian Bridal Magazine and had settled on a modern looking white gagra.

Fast forward to me shopping in Mumbai and my idea of The Perfect Dress becomes anything but perfect. The day starts with some awesome food, a crazy trip half way across Mumbai in Mumbai traffic. For those of you who question the existence of God-just take a look at Mumbai traffic, ‘cus its a miracle no body ever gets hurt.

The Perfect Dress shopping day started in Santa Cruz in the wonderful Seasons. Now Seasons is this giant place and as soon as I entered, I saw my dress. White, encrusted with thousands of silver and white beads. Sadly, as the guy informed me, this dress was in a small and I-was in his expert opinion an extra large.

Yeah Right! After trying on a few outfits-I decided Seasons was not for me, nor did I appreciate their sales staff who tells the bride she’s fat!

After Seasons it was an adventure, running to a variety of stores, braving Mumbai traffic to find The Perfect Dress. After several bad try on sessions, followed by the epiphany that white just doesn’t look good on me (no, its true!) we finally landed at Pagali.

No, really that is the name of the store.

After trying on a few outfits, and realizing that cream and maroon are my colors it happened-I found the perfect dress. I nearly screamed when it was finally draped on me and finally felt like a bride.

Since, I want to leave some suspense for the wedding, I’m only posting a snippet of what my dress looks like.

The moral of The Perfect Dress story? Like the perfect man, you’ll know the dress when you see it because you’ll feel it in your heart.


Updates on the Neelaja Wedding!

Posted by sailaja on Jan 4, 2009 in About the Wedding

By now, hopefully you have all received your Save the Dates and have, ove’ course save the date!

We’ve been working hard at ensuring that those of you are coming from afar have proper accommodation. Check out the About the Wedding page for details about booking hotels and airfare.


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